Having lived in North America for over 20 years; almost half of my life thus far, with 99% of it during what is often referred to as the most influential period of an individual. Therefore, I am familiar with the "western believes" and "western culture". Today New York Times published an article about an "U.S. Study Is Said to Warn of Crisis in Afghanistan". It is not that I do not believe that these people who conducted the study believe in what they've found, but I do believe that some times one cannot impose ones believe onto others.

Has the American government, in part representing the American people, done enough to impose the "American Principals" onto others. The "democracy way of life" may be very suitable for many of the Western countries like: Canada (where I also call home), United States, United Kingdom, etc., but to many others in the East, Asia and the Middle East they have a total different believe and principals.

One cannot use their own principals to judge the welfare of others in their own country with different cultures, religions and believes.

If the American government study why people are willing to go to extreme to kill Americans, they will understand that they are fighting an un-winnable war. When their [USA} enemies declare a Jehad on them, these people who believes in the cause will not stop and will use every means to succeed. This is not the type of war that one can win by common sense and reasoning.

SImilarly the incident with TOM-Skype on October 1, 2008, where Citizen Lab released a report, Breaching Trust, that traffic on the TOM-Skype platform is monitored by the Chinese government.

The full text chat messages of TOM-Skype users, along with Skype users who have communicated with TOM-Skype users, are regularly scanned for sensitive keywords, and if present, the resulting data are uploaded and stored on servers in China.

China is one of those countries I mentioned above. They have a different political system, religion believe and social norm compared to most Western countries. What may be seen as wrong by the West may also be a common practice in China. Whether it is wrong is not for us to judge, but for Chinese citizen to decide.

Some may say, the above type of view points, are from someone who is naive. To my critics I beg their pardon. I do call myself a proud Chinese Canadian who returned to live in Hong Kong for the past 10+ years. My influential part of my live was brought up in Canada, and anyone who knows me know that I have more of a Western way of thinking than Chinese. In the past 10 years I had worked in Asia professionally, dealing with businesses from various Asian culture and methods of doing businesses.

I do not necessary believe that what the Chinese government does is right, but I also do not think that anyone outside of China who had not lived in China should be the judge of this right or wrong either.

So, if we all keep our principals, religions and believes to ourselves, learn to live with our fellow citizens of Earth across the national borders, we may be happier and more productive. There are just too many things wrong with our Earth to be dwelling on the differences among the nations and their respective leaders/governments.

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Repost from: Vinko’s Satellite Blog In recent months many of the products manufactured or grown in China had found to contain poisonous materials or chemicals. This problem was reported in many countries: United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, etc. With most of the cases reported in the United States.

China's responds to these accusations have been a mix of spontaneous defense of China's manufacturing, accusations of American companies not conducting proper quality control, and the media for exaggerating the serious of the problem. At one point the Chinese government released the statement, "... over 7 billion units of product was manufactured and exported by China, and only a small amount of these units has problems...". Doesn't the Chinese government realize that a small amount of 7 billion is still a very large number?

Either due to desperation to overcome the bad press, Yesterday China reported that a shipment of medicine "CMO - Cetyl Myristoleate" contains dangerous substance that is harmful to people taking the medicine.

Today the US Customs again refused entry of another shipment of toys from China, claiming that paint on the toys contains too much lead. This is the forth time in a week that US Customs has refused entry of large toy shipments from China. China now responded to this latest US Customs' action blaming these safety violation is the direct result of US government raising the safety standards without consulting Chinese manufactures.

As a by-stander, I am starting to wonder are all these accusation valid? Are they simply political gesturing for ulterior motive?

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I know I say I try not to be political but the recent events in the past 12 hours had forced me to comment on the foreign policies of George W. Bush. Yesterday, after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports to the UN Security Council that not only had Iran not stop the production of nuclear fuel they had increased production. The United States as a result asked the international members to put pressure on Iran to comply with the UN resolution. Either intentional or coincident, according to American authorities, the United States had sent two aircraft carriers along with supporting battle ships, amounting to a force of over 100 thousand members of the US arm forces, to join the US carrier group that is already in the Baltic sea for a, so called, military exercise.

In another story the US government is about to approve a 90 Billion dollars military fund to support the two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Why are the Americans playing the role of world police? Will this world of ours go to "hell" if they do not?

Sometimes I wonder what our society will be like if what is imagined in Star Trek is true. In which the human culture had given up on any forms of monetary denominations. Instead placing values on knowledge, science and arts.

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.... or is that really true?

As many of you may already know, there had been fierce fighting along the borders of Israel and Lebanon this week. The fighting is between the Israeli military and the Hezbollah's military wing, Al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya.

As far as most people know, this conflict was neither started by the United States or George W. Bush.

Although any conflict in the middle east involving Israel must have the backing of the United States of America. Given that Israel is one of the only ally in the region dominated by Islamic countries.

The latest conflict was instigated by Hezbollah in their operation "Operation Truthful Promise", with Israel retaliating with "Operation Just Reward" or later named "Operation Change of Direction".

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This is definitely not something that Israel needs, especially when they already had an active conflict with Hamas in Palestine.

Will the USA get involve? Will they come to the support of their middle east friend and alley being pushed around by its neighbours? Given the importance of middle east to the US foreign policies and domestic stability. I would not be surprise if US carriers are entering the strait of Hormuz or the Mediterranean sea.

I just hope these conflicts will be settled soon and everyone concern can resume the peace process that was already started in the middle east. It is beneficial to all countries to have a stable middle east.

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Calling United States the "Police of the world" may seen as generous by some critics of United States' foreign polices. These critics instead may refer it as imperialism, "U.S. Global Empire".

United States' foreign policies have brought US troops to 135 countries around the world including Afghanistan and Iraq, which equates to 70% of the world's countries. These deployment range from as low as 1 to as high as 74,796. Although the total number of troops deployed in foreign soil may be lower than the average in the past 50 years, the number of territories that US troops deployed are the highest in 50 years.

The U.S. foreign policies seem to have a need to impose American believes and virtues onto other nations. Take the case of Iraq. Yes, Saddam Hussein may be a tyrant and it harsh towards Iraq's citizens. Who gives the right for the U.S. to intervene. I am not condoning dictatorship or (alleged) genocide, but no foreign government should interfere with the politics of a sovereign nation. That is what the United Nations is for.

In the case of "Osama Bin Laden" and Al Qaeda. The U.S. [government/president] has to understand that they are not fighting an individual who has a following. Bin Laden has successfully made the war against the U.S. into a religious war; a Jihad. Hence, no matter who is the leader of Al Qaeda the war will not end. The only difference along the way is how organize these individuals will be.

With the U.S. existing foreign policies, they had taken their needs to protect "American interests" to the extreme.

I do not have a solution or grand plan to resolve all the conflicts around the world, but as long as there are unequal balance of power and the ability of any one party to have leverage on the situation the conflicts will continue. I wish the respective governments would put more emphasis on local policies instead. May be then we will have "peace on earth".

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The 43rd president of the United States.

Over the years there had been many criticism on George W. Bush and I definitely do not call myself an expert in US politics, but it is hard for me not to comment on some of the policies and decisions of George W. Bush.

His policies on Afghanistan, Iraq and North Korea are not without controversies, but it is hard for me to believe that all these controversies are true. It is not that I believe in George W. Bush or agrees with him, I just cannot imagine that someone in his position can do so many, alleged, bad things and behave the way he did. He has even been labeled "The War President" among its critics.

A movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11", by Michael Moore, was released in 2004 that documents Micheal Moore's version of what happened after the attack on New York City on September 11, 2001 (aka 9/11).

The evidence Moore presented are very convincing, but if all that were presented were true than the Bush family is definitely guilty of some sort of crime against the American citizens.

Not sure if it is because Bush is now on his half way mark of his second term and still coming up with policies that do not make sense, Moore is going to release a sequel called "Fahrenheit 9/11 ½" in 2007, and I suppose it is to elaborate on what had transpired since 2004.

The apparent theme of the reasoning behind Bush's actions and decisions, and how he is able to get away with it, has to do with the large amount of money involved. I guess this further proof that money talks and people are willing to do almost anything for sake of money.

So will George W. Bush legacy be known as "The War President" or will he be know as the most powerful manipulator in the history of United States, it will take many more years before that is known.

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To be accurate, I am speaking of the United States government imposing their foreign politics on other countries.

Where can I start. I don't want to get too political and start debating US foreign policies. One thing I do want to comment on is the fact that everyone pounded on Google for creating a Google.cn site that is censored, and Yahoo.cn for providing information on Yahoo users whom the Chinese government wanted to locate.

Google is a business and a public company. Being so, must make money and answer to its share holders. Creating Google.cn is Google's way of complying with China's policies so that it can operate in China. Like any companies that wants to do business in the United States must comply with US policies.

I am not trying to say that "censorship" is a good thing. I live in Hong Kong and I enjoy the freedom of speech that still exist here.

Mainland China for that matter is not the same as most western countries. Their standards and sense of what's right or wrong are different from most western countries. People need to realize that we cannot impose our own sense of what's right or wrong onto other cultures or countries.

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The following is a quote from the US Non-immigrant Visa application form (DS-156)

Do you seek to enter the United States to engage in export control violations, subversive or terrorist activities, or any other unlawful purpose? Are you a member or representative of a terrorist organization as currently designated by the U.S. Secretary of State? Have you ever participated in persecutions directed by the Nazi government of Germany; or have you ever participated in genocide?

Will people who satisfy the above criteria actually going to answer truthfully? Even these "criminals" do, does the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actually thinks that these people will then send these answers in to the US ICE with their personal details, so that they can be arrested?

I know that majority of criminals are stupid, but this is a bit too presumptuous on the US ICE part.

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